Stranraer 3 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 18th, 1998, 3:00 PM at Stair Park, Stranraer
Attendance: 640
Referee: B Tait
Stranraer Inverness CT

Goalscorers
George (61)
Young (64)
Campbell (72)
Iain Stewart (14)

Team Managers
Campbell Money Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
Gary Mathews
Keith Knox
Tom Black
Duncan George
Mark Campbell
Dougie Johnstone
Paul Watson
Paul McIntyre
Gordon Young
Michael Geraghty
Ian McAulay
Jim Calder
Richard Hastings
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Vetle Andersen
Mark McCulloch
Charlie Christie
Mike Teasdale
Paul Sheerin
Iain Stewart
Brian Thomson

Bench
Paul Kinnaird
Alan Lansdowne
English
Ross Tokely
Barry Robson
Duncan Shearer

Substitutions
Kinnaird -> Michael Geraghty (77)
Lansdowne -> Ian McAulay (81)
English -> Gordon Young (86)
Barry Robson for Paul Sheerin (75)
Duncan Shearer for Brian Thomson (81)

Bookings
None. Paul Cherry

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jim Calder (GK) 110 apps -
Mark McCulloch 34 apps3 goals
Richard Hastings 127 apps2 goals
Paul Cherry 73 apps10 goals
Vetle Andersen 37 apps -
Iain MacArthur 90 apps -
Mike Teasdale 93 apps8 goals
Paul Sheerin 17 apps4 goals
Charlie Christie 117 apps22 goals
Iain Stewart 118 apps71 goals
Brian Thomson 91 apps32 goals
Barry Robson (sub) 27 apps5 goals
Duncan Shearer (sub) 28 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (20 years 340 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (1999 years 259 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 189 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (19 years 46 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (1999 years 259 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 92 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Stranraer came into this game with six wins in a row and deservedly made it seven. The visitors started well and were rewarded in 14 minutes with a goal. Iain Stewart pounced on a short Dougie Johnstone header back to his keeper and skilfully slotted the ball home. He tried the same in 21 minutes when a Paul Watson pass-back was a little short but Gary Matthews came out to clear. In 35 minutes Brian Thomson intercepted a short pass back but his shot was deflected. A minute later Stranraer's Paul McIntyre was through on Jim Calder but shot over the bar as the keeper came rushing out. The second half belonged to the home side. They looked to have equalised in 52 minutes when McIntyre headed to the top corner but at the last second Calder reached it and tipped it away, arguably the save of the season. Calder again came to the rescue in 56 minutes when he dived at the feet of Ian McAulay. In 61 minutes Gordon Young ran down the right, crossed it to Duncan George who headed it in for 1-1. 3 minutes later a Tom Black free kick from the left was met by Young's head and it was 2-1. An identical free kick in 72 minutes was again met by Young but his header came off the bar and Mark Campbell was following up and he headed home. Caley Thistle's relegation rivals Stenhousemuir and Clyde drew but with 3 games left they are not yet free of relegation worries.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 33 16 10 7 54 35 19 58
2. Clydebank 33 15 11 7 41 27 14 56
3. Stranraer 33 16 7 10 57 41 16 55
4. Queen of the South 33 13 8 12 52 48 4 47
5. East Fife 33 13 6 14 48 55 -7 45
6. Forfar Athletic 33 11 9 13 49 59 -10 42
7. Inverness CT 33 10 10 13 60 49 11 40
8. Stenhousemuir 33 10 9 14 41 48 -7 39
9. Clyde 33 8 12 13 37 52 -15 36
10. Brechin City 33 7 10 16 39 64 -25 31